The analysis of the genetic variability of a thousand pearl millet lines reveals how this cereal survives temperatures over 42 degrees Celsius. This discovery may also help develop climate adaptation strategies in other important...more



Scientists at Göttingen University demand to rethink options for cocoa production in West Africa. Recent findings show that cocoa grown in monoculture is more resilient to drought than cocoa produced in agroforestry systems.more



The delay in approving the use of genetically modified (GM) crops is contributing to malnutrition and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa, a study has found. However, the debate about genetically engineered crops remains controversial. more

Plant breeding


Cassava production in Africa is compromised by cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) and cassava mosaic disease (CMD). Scientists have now identified molecular markers linked to resistance against these diseases.more



France and Germany are jointly supporting research aimed at contributing to achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.more



Child labour continues to be a major global development issue, mainly in developing countries where family-farm agriculture employs the majority of the labour force. A tracking study from rural Ethiopia looks at the impact of...more

Soil degradation


While water erosion is identified as the most serious cause of soil degradation globally, global patterns of rainfall erosivity remain poorly quantified, and estimates have large uncertainties. This hampers the implementation of...more



Geologists at the German Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research are reporting on an unusual natural phenomenon that hasn’t as yet been covered much in science: submarine groundwater discharge. For many people living on the...more



Converting forests to agriculture is not economically viable in most regions, except in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, areas around the Gulf of Guinea and Thailand, a new study says.more



Researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland have developed a new rice variety that has not only increased levels of the micronutrients iron and zinc in the grains, but also produces beta-carotene as a precursor of vitamin A. This...more



A new study on greenhouse gas emissions created by mangrove deforestation and conversion into pasture and aquaculture ponds might make one think twice about ordering a shrimp cocktail or a steak in future. more

Climate change


In the past, climate scientists have tended to underestimate the risk of a co-occurrence of heatwave and drought. This is the conclusion of one of the first studies by scientists at ETH Zürich examining compound climate extremes.more



The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) launched a new online weather database which will provide access to daily weather records owned or distributed by AfricaRice and can be freely accessed.more



Research scientists from the Technische Universität Wien, Austria, have developed an early warning system enabling them to analyse satellite data and measure the humidity of the cropland. Should humidity drop below a given level...more

A composite of satellite images of East Kalimantan taken in 1996, 2007, and 2010 The red areas have largely changed from mangrove forest in 1996 to aquaculture by 2007. <br/> Photo: GMW


Expanding aquaculture in South-East Asia over the last two decades has been the main driver of mangrove loss in the world, says a study by Global Magrove Watch.more

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